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Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991
     

Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991

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by Salman Rushdie
 

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“Read every page of this book; better still, re-read them. The invocation means no hardship, since every true reader must surely be captivated by Rushdie’s masterful invention and ease, the flow of wit and insight and passion. How literature of the highest order can serve the interests of our common humanity is freshly illustrated here: a defence of

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“Read every page of this book; better still, re-read them. The invocation means no hardship, since every true reader must surely be captivated by Rushdie’s masterful invention and ease, the flow of wit and insight and passion. How literature of the highest order can serve the interests of our common humanity is freshly illustrated here: a defence of his past, a promise for the future, and a surrender to nobody or nothing whatever except his own all-powerful imagination.”-Michael Foot, Observer

Salman Rushdie’s Imaginary Homelands is an important record of one writer’s intellectual and personal odyssey. The seventy essays collected here, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects –the literature of the received masters and of Rushdie’s contemporaries; the politics of colonialism and the ironies of culture; film, politicians, the Labour Party, religious fundamentalism in America, racial prejudice; and the preciousness of the imagination and of free expression. For this paperback edition, the author has written a new essay to mark the third anniversary of the fatwa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140140361
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,321,079
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Bombay in 1947, Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands. His numerous literary prizes include the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children and the Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1947
Place of Birth:
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Education:
M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

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Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved these essays by Salman Rushdie, especially the ones in which he deals with the politics of India and Pakistan (I especially loved the essay on Zia ul-Haq), and about racism. However, most importantly, I loved reading 'In Good Faith,' and 'One Thousand Days in a Balloon' because they dealt with The Satanic Verses, and Rushdie gave a beautiful defense for his great book. When I first started reading Rushdie, many of my friends and family memebers were shocked. 'Isn't he the man that spreads anti-Islamic propoganda?, etc.' I am glad that I kept an open mind, and actually read Shame, read The Satanic Verses, and read Imaginery Homelands, because then I would have never have learned that Mr. Rushdie is far from being a racist. He has spent most of his life standing up for minorities, and standing up for the rights of women. He is a man who truly cares for the fate of his people and his society, and indeed, the fate of humanity, and can articulate the position of the migrant beautifully. Though I am a Pakistani Muslim, I understood clearly that The Satanic Verses was by no means anti-Islamic propoganda, but was a novel about the sruggles of the immigrant, our dual personalaties, and about racism. Please read these essays, instead of judging Rushdie by false rumors. He is a favorite author of mine, and will always have a special place in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago